Gang to Mustang Video

Jeffrey Aparicio doesn’t have to go far for a reminder of his dark past: All he has to do is look at some of the tattoos on his body.

“Every time I look at my gang tattoos, I just remember how I’ve come so far,” he said.

While Aparicio committed crimes ranging from armed robbery to residential burglary as a member of a Sacramento gang, he has since turned his life around. And today he gives back by inspiring others with his comeback story.

“I’m very thankful because people can learn from my experience, and I can learn from theirs,” said Aparicio, a 27-year-old aerospace engineering student.

In this video, Aparicio, who is featured in the next giving issue of Engineering Advantage magazine, shares his journey from gang to Mustang.

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